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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Choice of head and strings.


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rustic - Posted - 06/05/2020:  10:26:44


Does anyone know the head type and string choices of any of the clawhammer artist such as Bob Carlin, Cathy Fink, Ken Perlman, Dave Holt and others? I love the sound of the different artists and I’m interested in their setups. I know the banjo itself is a factor, I’m just curious. Thanks
Don

Emiel - Posted - 06/06/2020:  11:14:11


No idea what string gauges they use, but you can see the heads on YouTube videos. Cathy Fink has more than one banjo, they do not all have the same head type. I see her playing a banjo with a Remo top-frosted head, another banjo has a Remo Renaissance head… I see Ken Perlman with a Five Star frosted head…

Dan Gellert - Posted - 06/09/2020:  19:39:21


The most important, and most difficult, factor in banjo setup is how you adjust the nut
that sits behind the instrument.

Bill Rogers - Posted - 06/09/2020:  22:27:33


quote:

Originally posted by Dan Gellert

The most important, and most difficult, factor in banjo setup is how you adjust the nut

that sits behind the instrument.






yesyes

janolov - Posted - 06/09/2020:  23:53:46


quote:

Originally posted by Dan Gellert

The most important, and most difficult, factor in banjo setup is how you adjust the nut

that sits behind the instrument.






...especially if that nut has a frosty head smiley

carlb - Posted - 06/10/2020:  04:30:23


I'm into skin heads and am slowly getting there.

John Gribble - Posted - 06/10/2020:  17:40:58


I love these kinds of discussions. A few years ago I was in a workshop with Cathy Fink and Adam Hurt. Cathy went on at some length about how she disliked fiberskyn heads. Adam sat quietly next to her, holding his fiberskynned banjo.

BanjoJoeFitz - Posted - 06/11/2020:  07:25:19


quote:

Originally posted by John Gribble

I love these kinds of discussions. A few years ago I was in a workshop with Cathy Fink and Adam Hurt. Cathy went on at some length about how she disliked fiberskyn heads. Adam sat quietly next to her, holding his fiberskynned banjo.






Poor Adam haha

John Gribble - Posted - 06/11/2020:  07:30:00


quote:

Originally posted by BanjoJoeFitz

quote:

Originally posted by John Gribble

I love these kinds of discussions. A few years ago I was in a workshop with Cathy Fink and Adam Hurt. Cathy went on at some length about how she disliked fiberskyn heads. Adam sat quietly next to her, holding his fiberskynned banjo.






Poor Adam haha






Well, he didn't appear to be particularly disturbed. Both of them sound fabulous, just different. 

Bill - Posted - 06/12/2020:  08:34:43


Mike Iverson wrote an interview piece in which 5 well-known professionals answer your question and several others.

banjoutah.com/resources/PDFs/c...aire1.pdf

ChunoTheDog - Posted - 06/12/2020:  08:44:21


I'm not that good of a clawhammer player, but from experience a skin head really shines in the OT style.

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